Crisis Response

The success of BVSD students sometimes requires more than our schools and teachers are able to provide during the day, and this is where we step in. In times of crisis or emergency we are agile and strategic in our response, finding where we can best support the needs of the Boulder Valley community. 

Funds available for families impacted by the Marshall Fire

Each family impacted by the Marshall Fire (regardless of eligibility for McKinney-Vento benefits or Free & Reduced Price Meals) is able to access Impact on Education funding to provide: transportation expenses to/from school, free 1:1 virtual tutoring and after school care.


Since 1983, we’ve provided supplemental funding and resources to students and educators in order to expand what’s possible in education. Our programs and investments help ensure students who are facing the greatest barriers to success have access to the same learning opportunities as their peers.

The Marshall Fire

Over 900 students and 100 educators in the Boulder Valley School District were displaced by the devastating Marshall Fire on December 30, 2021.

Students and educators impacted by the fire found themselves facing the financial impacts and trauma of losing their homes, being displaced, losing their belongings, and seeing their community forever changed.

Each person has a different starting point and a different social and community safety net, which means the same disaster affects each person differently. Our partnership with Impact on Education allowed BVSD to quickly increase the mental health support available to students impacted by the Marshall Fire.

Sally Ray, Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Impact on Education jumped into action immediately after the fire and our response met immediate and long-term needs of the BVSD community.

Mental Health

Learn about our continued investment in the mental health and well-being of BVSD students.

Direct Support for Students & Families

  • Provided $120,000 in School Age Care (SAC) funding for impacted families during the 2022-23 school year
  • Provided over $100,000 in transportation stipends to impacted families
  • Funded $82,000 in school lunch fees for impacted families
  • Distributed over $21,000 in gift cards through Community Liaisons and Mental Health Advocates
  • Provided $5,000 in RTD bus passes to impacted families

Direct Support for Educators & Schools

  • Provided Marshall Fire Commemoration funding to two impacted schools
  • $500 personal checks and gift cards to 98 displaced staff members in the Boulder Valley School District

Academic Needs

  • Provided over $40,000 to replace academic and sports supplies, including graphing calculators, athletic gear, spirit wear, library books, and more.
  • Funded repair and cleaning of musical instruments donated by the community


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When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools, Impact on Education swiftly mobilized to meet the needs of our students and their families. From nutritious meals to Chromebooks, our work ensured no student was left behind during these challenging times.

Food Security

  • Supported emergency food distribution of nearly 2 million meals through BVSD Food Services
  • Delivered groceries to 450 high needs families
  • Distributed grocery gift cards to families

Digital Divide

  • Provided 1,500 families with internet access through BVSD IT
  • Supported the distribution of 6,000 Chromebooks
  • Deployed 450 hotspots to families in need of more reliable service

Supplemental Instruction

  • Targeted tutoring for 3rd-8th grade students
  • ACT/SAT preparatory courses for high school juniors
  • Funding for all BVSD high school students needing to retake failed or incomplete coursework
  • Additional instruction, technology and curriculum to keep students engaged and on grade level

Emergency Childcare

School Supplies

  • Acquired and distributed 3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies
  • Purchased thousands of books and collected thousands more books for families

When the COVID-19 pandemic caused schools to close on March 13, 2020, education as we knew it was flipped upside down.

Many families rely on our schools for much more than learning. When schools closed, these students immediately needed nutritious food at home and internet and devices to access remote learning. As students returned to school, supporting supplemental instruction to help students catch up on learning became a priority as well.


Your gift helps ensure students in the Boulder Valley School District have access to excellent and equitable education.


Community conversation brings youth mental health to the forefront

Young people today are experiencing a mental health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen before. Nearly one in five youth in Colorado reported poor mental health in 2021 — double the rate seen in 2017. Social media, the pandemic, and climate change were just some of the external pressures students and parents cited during a panel discussion that gathered more than 300 people at Manhattan Middle School on April 12, 2023.

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Funding mental health and student well-being

We are committed to providing an elevated level of mental health support for all students, especially those affected by the Marshall Fire. From Wellness Centers to Mental Health Advocates, we’re working toward three goals that would allow us to serve 11,698 students at 12 schools across BVSD.

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Why our Marshall Fire support continues

We know the needs of our community will continue and change through the 2023-24 school year, and there are four key ways we are supporting recovery for the BVSD students and educators.

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IOE funding expands mental health support for BVSD students and staff

So far this school year, we’ve raised over $800,000 to support the ongoing mental health needs of students and staff throughout the Boulder Valley School District.

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